YWCA Toronto opened the doors of its Elm Centre, an affordable housing complex for women and their families incorporating various energy-efficient elements into its design. The $80-million project was designed by Hilditch Architects and spans across a city block in Toronto’s downtown core. It includes five-, 10-, and 17-storey residential towers, commercial space, and YWCA Toronto corporate offices.
The 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games is the largest multi-sport event in Canada since the 1976 Olympic Summer Games in Montréal. In preparation, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will see numerous new athletic venues.
Earlier this year, the redevelopment and expansion of Bluewater Health (Sarnia, Ont.) allowed the facility to become the province’s first acute-care project to earn certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction (NC) program.
The lighting at the border crossing between Vancouver and Washington shines green. When the U.S. Border Patrol planned the opening of its enlarged land port of entry (LPOE) station, energy savings were an important factor incorporated into the design.
An underused existing light well at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute provided the jump-off point for an atrium that serves as a science café, auditorium, and workshop venue. Located at McMaster University in Hamilton, the atrium is part of a larger facility containing a centre where researchers and other staff work on clinical trials and epidemiological studies in understanding the impact of digestive health and nutrition on disease across the lifespan.
The cost-effective and environmental benefits of incorporating a glycol system on the retail side of Longo’s Supermarkets made the decision to use the same in its new distribution centre an easy one. It is also one of the design elements the Vaughan, Ont., company is using to achieve Gold under Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system.
This past September, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) started its season in a new 2100-seat concert hall. With three balconies and audience seating that wraps around the stage, the auditorium is a ‘box-within-a-box,’ structurally separated from everything around it.
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